Meet Jett. He’s our family dog. And a perfect Southern gentleman. And a typical cockapoo. His hunting dog instincts go into overdrive in the Spring. He can’t resist the wooded area behind our house. He just can’t. So, not surprisingly, he has a hard time with ticks. When in one week’s time we plucked three ticks off of him, and found one other that had defected to my daughter while he was sitting on her bed with her, we knew it was time to get back to our tick and mosquito repellant regimen.
We have spent a boatload over the years on all kinds of flea and tick shampoos, mosquito repellants, etc. But last year I started doing some research on natural repellants and found one very interesting option for your house pets: garlic. lol~doesn’t that just sound vampirish?
I add about 1/2 clove of minced garlic a day to his dry dog food. For now I’m buying the jars of garlic from the grocery store. I hope we’ll be able to get some garlic to grow in our garden this summer and then I won’t even have to do that.
Look how he hovers over me when I get it out and put it in his food!
He loves it! He even begs me for garlic in his food. No joke.
The idea here is that if you give them garlic consistently enough it will get in their bloodstream and come out of their pores. Ticks and mosquitoes do not like it and thus will stay away. We did this all last year and only found a couple ticks the entire season.
I have also read that you can put the garlic into some olive oil and leave it near your dog food and drizzle some on their food if they don’t prefer the minced. Our pupperoni does fine with the minced so we’ve never bothered to try that.
So what do you think? Have you tried this before? Anyone know if it works for cats as well?
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